Majors & Minors

Race & Ethnicity Studies


Melissa Johnson

Professor and Chair



Melissa Johnson

Professor and Chair

The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program offers a minor designed to examine race and ethnicity as categories of difference and as forms of lived experience, and attends to how these categories intersect and overlap with other forms of difference (such as gender, nation, indigeneity, class, religion, ability, sexuality, etc.).

The minor approaches race and ethnicity as constructs in particular historical contexts from interdisciplinary, comparative, intercultural and transnational perspectives. It also develops a critical awareness of colonial and Eurocentric influences on both the construction of these categories and the scholarly discourse about them. The minor thus provides a critical lens on a variety of historical and contemporary issues and debates generated by specific racial and ethnic formations. At the same time the minor takes note of mobilizations and liberating cultural expressions that have emerged both in response and as alternatives to dominant racial and ethnic structures.


Race & Ethnicity Studies News

2018 Multicultural Recognition Ceremony

Southwestern Honors Graduating Seniors at the Multicultural Recognition Ceremony

The Multicultural Recognition Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of students that have been advocates, leaders and champions for diversity and social justice at Southwestern University for numerous years.

Dakota Cortez '18

Gilman Scholarship Winner Studying Abroad in Morocco

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Winner Dakota Cortez,’19, studying Migration and Transnational Identity in Morocco.

Melissa Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, speaks to students who attended a meeting in March to learn more about the new minor in race and ethnicity studies.

Offering Other Perspectives

New minor in race and ethnicity studies is latest addition to Southwestern’s curriculum